Customer success story

Over 8,000 people attend Harvest Haus over 2 weekends

Harvest Haus logo
Client
Harvest Haus
Location
Vancouver, Canada
Attendees
1,000 per night, 2 weekends
Goals
Reliable online ticketing platform to handle a multi-weekend festival.

Products used

On Site

On Site

Check in, ticket scanning, name badge printing, and more.

Registration

Registration

Online ticketing, registration, bookings, private invites, and RSVPs.

Update (10/17) Harvest Haus returns for its 4th year, continuing to use Guest Manager for their online ticketing and event management software.

Harvest Haus 2015 - Case Study
About

Harvest Haus is an annual Oktoberfest event in Vancouver, British Columbia, currently in its third year. Over 6,000 guests gather for 7 four hour sittings spread across two weekends to celebrate the Harvest.


Harvest Haus uses Guest Manager to power its ticketing, online merchandise store, Kapitan promoter program, cashless food and drink system, on-site point of sale & barcode validation, and much more. By integrating merchandise and cashless tokens into the ticketing purchase checkout process - they were able to boost sales significantly, and cut down on lines in the event.

Challenge

Harvest Haus, like other festivals, has a lot going on. The stakes are high when dealing with so many people with so many needs in such a short time frame. Each event - “sitting” - being 4 hours long, means that guests need to quickly arrive, get checked in, buy or rent their drinking stein, buy food and drink tokens, and outfits (optional) in order to begin the fun. In addition, there are VIP tables, Kapitans (promoters who bring groups), and VIP food service which all need to be organized. Because of the 4 hour window, everyone arrives in under 30 minutes.

Solution

The appeal was very strong to have a central system that ties together the four key programs: ticketing, merchandise, cashless, and the Kapitan promotion program.

One barcode

All guests were issued a single barcode for simplicity. Everything they purchased would be placed onto this barcode. Multiple tickets? No problem. Pre-purchased stein, food and drink tokens? All on the barcode.

Exchanges

Guests often requested to switch their booking from, for example, Friday night to Saturday afternoon. Instead of issuing refunds and re-purchasing, the admin could easily exchange tickets via the box office.

Upgrades

For guests booking GA, they were offered an upgrade to VIP during checkout. For guests that made a mistake and needed a confirmed booking to be changed - they could easily do it themself or have us do it (and be charged the difference).

Guest lists

The Opening Night had a strong media, guest list, and sponsor presence. The client needed a simple way to have guests request spots via a web page, and also issue them manually via the backend.

Transfers

ticket transfer email

Tickets and tokens were easily transferable between accounts. Can’t make it? No problem, punch in your friends name and email and the system will take care of issuing your friend a barcode.

Kapitan program

ticket system promoter tracking

To be a Kapitan, you needed to organize 12-18 of your friends to purchase tickets. We would create the Kapitan their own link, set aside those tickets for them, and allow them up to a week to pass that link around until all the tickets were purchased. Failure to do so released remaining tickets back to the pool automatically.

Konig paket

ticketing system season pass

A seasons pass that included GA access to all 7 events, 2 VIP events, an outfit, food and drink discount, and the coveted Gold Stein. The buyer could customize their outfit and VIP choices online.

Corporate packages

online ticketing ticket packages

Available in a 12 and 18 seat configuration, the client needed to offer a flat rate for the package, but also have those tickets tie into the general inventory pool in order to not oversell. The bundling feature made this possible.

Ecommerce store

online ticketing and merchandise software

You won’t find many ticketing companies that can also offer a full-fledged ecommerce storefront %em and integrate those products into your event pages and ticket checkout. The additional revenue gained by selling these side by side with tickets was huge.

External ticketing system imports

import tickets from external ticketing providers

Partnering with SocialShoppers to help sell a few tickets, SocialShoppers generated and issued the guest their own branded barcoded ticket. SocialShopper then provided us a CSV of these barcode numbers, we imported into our system, and used our scanners onsite for validation.

Cashless system for food and drink

Buy cashless tokens - “Gulden” - online or on your phone in packages. All Gulden goes onto the guests barcode and can be exchanged onsite. Gulden is redeemable across any of the sittings - many people attended more than one and had leftovers!

Premade orders

The client often needed to make sure select guests received specific bundles, i.e. 4 VIP tickets to Saturday Night and 3 packs of 60 Gulden. By creating that order, the client could then send a link to the guest to collect payment (or enter the credit card in themself).

Promoter program

Before the general onsale, there were password protected and branded links given to each promotion partner.

Automated email campaigns

A few hours before each sitting, the client automated email campaigns to be sent out to ticket holders. The system is smart enough to keep track of ticket transfers and send this email to new ticket holders as they match the email campaign send criteria.

Jerin Mece enjoying harvest haus
Harvest haus ticketing system software
Harvest haus stein and gulden
stein and gulden pickup for harvest haus
rent ticket scanners for online ticketing
Harvest haus eager guests

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